Pray Through the Week With Your Class

Simple daily ways to increase devotion in the classroom.

By Barb Szyszkiewicz

The Church calls us in a special way to increase our faith by dedicating each day of the week to a different devotion.

Did you know that the Catholic Church has special devotions for each day of the week? Try these simple ways to incorporate these devotions into your daily classroom prayers.

MONDAY: Dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Practice: Pray for deceased members of your family and community.

Pray the Prayer of St. Gertrude for the Holy Souls in Purgatory:

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal Church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.

TUESDAY: Dedicated to the Holy Angels

Practice: Do a good deed in secret for someone else, to mimic the unseen good deeds the angels do for us.

Pray the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel:

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits,who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Pray the Guardian Angel Prayer:

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here,
Ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen

WEDNESDAY: Dedicated to St. Joseph

Practice: Pray for the Church, for fathers, and for families.

Pray the Litany to St. Joseph:

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
Renowned offspring of David, pray for us.
Light of Patriarchs, pray for us.
Spouse of the Mother of God, pray for us.
Chaste guardian of the Virgin, pray for us.
Foster father of the Son of God, pray for us.
Diligent protector of Christ, pray for us.
Head of the Holy Family, pray for us.
Joseph most just, pray for us.
Joseph most chaste, pray for us.
Joseph most prudent, pray for us.
Joseph most strong, pray for us.
Joseph most obedient, pray for us.
Joseph most faithful, pray for us.
Mirror of patience, pray for us.
Lover of poverty, pray for us.
Model of artisans, pray for us.
Glory of home life, pray for us.
Guardian of virgins, pray for us.
Pillar of families, pray for us.
Solace of the wretched, pray for us.
Hope of the sick, pray for us.
Patron of the dying, pray for us.
Terror of demons, pray for us.
Protector of Holy Church, pray for us.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord!.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord!.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
He made him the lord of his household. And prince over all his possessions.

Let us pray. O God, in your ineffable providence you were pleased to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of your most holy Mother; grant, we beg you, that we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in heaven whom on earth we venerate as our Protector: You who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.


THURSDAY: Dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament

Practice: Attend Mass or spend some time in Eucharistic Adoration. Thank a priest for his ministry and pray in a special way for priests.

Pray the Anima Christi:

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from you.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you
That with your saints I may praise you
For ever and ever. Amen.

FRIDAY: Dedicated to the Lord’s Passion and to the Sacred Heart

Practice: Abstain from meat on Fridays (even when it isn’t Lent) and attend Mass on First Fridays to honor the Sacred Heart.

Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy 

Pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart


Learn more about the devotions for all seven days of the week in this episode of the Among Women podcast.

Barb Szyszkiewicz is editor at and managing editor of Today’s Catholic Teacher.

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